Prison sentence slashed after former TAN director pays back stolen funds

BEAUMONT - The former director of a local non-profit who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for stealing from the organization she headed has had her sentence cut in half.

Because she has already paid back her court-ordered restitution Peggy Lynn Gibson, 63, has had her sentence reduced to seven years by Judge Raquel West in the 252nd District Court.

Judge West had ordered Gibson to pay $312,206.31 in restitution which, according to West, she has now paid in full and the organization requested her sentence be reduced.

Gibson, who is the former executive director of the Triangle Area Network, pleaded guilty to first degree felony theft charges in Judge West's court in May 2016 and was sentenced in August 2016.

She was charged with first degree felony theft for stealing over $363,000 in checks, over $20,000 in property and issuing $19,000 in payments to her daughter even though she was not an employee of TAN.

According to its website, the Triangle Area Network is a tax-exempt, non-profit, community service organization created in 1987 as Triangle AIDS Network. TAN was created by a group of concerned citizens in response to the growing health crisis of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or AIDS.

TAN expanded it's mission to also focus on other chronic illnesses and became Triangle Area Network.

(© 2016 KBMT)


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